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Granite Bay girls top Thunder 65-45

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Granite Bay High’s varsity girls basketball team hit nine 3-pointers in Wednesday night’s 65-45 victory over host Rocklin. The Grizzlies are now 4-0 in the Sierra Foothill League while the Thunder are 1-4. Granite Bay sunk seven 3-pointers in the opening half, three by junior forward Sarah Sciascia. The Grizzlies led 33-22 at the break, outscoring the Thunder 16-5 in the second quarter. “We shot the ball really well tonight and I like their effort,” Granite Bay coach Ron Woodhouse said. “We played well and it wasn’t just our starters – Libby (Jelinick) shot the ball well and Whitney (Alviso) and Zoe (Giddings) defensively.” All three players came off the bench for the Grizzlies. Despite the loss, Rocklin coach Frank Shields was pleased with how his team played. “We took a step up and they shot the lights out,” Shields said. “I really think the Woodcreek game (48-47 loss in SFL opener) hurt us. We outplayed them the whole game except for the free throws (at the end). And since then we haven’t played well. And tonight was the first we played like we had been playing before league.” Thunder senior Sasha Brown, who scored four points, also felt that Rocklin showed improvement. “We played a lot better tonight and if we had played like this we would have won the other (SFL) games,” Brown said. “They shot better than us and we gave them some wide open 3s.” Rocklin scored 17 points in the first quarter and 18 in the third but had major trouble scoring in the other two quarters. Rocklin made one basket and scored five points each in the second and fourth quarters. “We’re just having a hard time getting consistency and we don’t get any easy baskets,” Shields said. “And we were a little slow getting to some of their shots.” Sciascia led the Grizzlies with 20 points while teammates Carlie McKeon (14 points) and Jelinick (15) also scored on a consistent basis. Katie Summers led the Thunder with 15 points and point guard Emily Shields scored 11. Granite Bay outscored Rocklin 19-5 in the fourth quarter and the Thunder suffered three injuries in less than four minutes in the middle of the quarter. Thunder junior Madison Smith went down first, injuring her knee with 6:07 left. Senior teammate Alyssa Johnson was helped off with an injured ankle at 2:55 and Summers injured her ankle at 2:39. All three players remained on the bench for the rest of the game before being helped to the locker room after the game. Shields, who didn’t know the seriousness of any of the injuries, is pleased that Rocklin’s next game isn’t until next Wednesday.